Osprey's Kestrel packs are relatively lightweight for their large capacity especially if you strip out the waterproof cover - they are very tough with a straightforward harness system.
The Kestrel 68 has been developed to cope with any-trail, any-season. In wet weather and heavy downpours the built in rain cover provides protection. During hotter conditions the adjustable AirScape™ backpanel keeps you well ventilated whilst offering the load support you require.
The spacer mesh harness and hipbelt ensure a supportive and comfortable load carrying solution. Whilst the adjustable torso length means the backpack can be altered to fit you perfectly. For overnight trips attach larger items such as a sleeping pad on the lower external straps and put your sleeping bag in the base compartment with internal zip divider. Keep the rest of your gear neatly organised with the hipbelt and lid zipped pockets and access the main compartment easily with the single side vertical zippered access point.
Need your hands free for a short scramble? Our unique Stow-on-the-Go™ system means no more 'on and off' to store your trekking poles, just simply pass the poles through the two elasticated loops for an easy hands-free solution. The single ice axe loop may prove useful in winter conditions and wet jackets can be stowed away from the rest of your gear via the front stretch pocket. The dual side compression straps keep your load tight and under control.
Our Kestrel pack is also compatible with both Hydraulics™ and Hydraulics™ LT Reservoirs so you can keep hydrated when hiking the trails. Once you're all packed then pull in the reverse StraightJacket™ compression straps to tightly secure your gear and get ready to go.
Osprey's Kestrel 68 Litre Rucksack is a tough pack that is relatively lightweight for its capacity, we've quoted the weight of the SM torso pack as 1630grams which is what we weighed it at - this excludes the waterproof pack cover which detaches easily from a base pocket.
The harness is quite simple, which keeps the weight down further, there's an internal frame that provides rigidity and transfers the load to the generous hipbelt, and there's an attempt to keep the back ventilated by fixing a covering of mesh over a raised foam section.
The comprehensive lid is masterful, harbouring three pockets to help you stay organised, it can be removed also but that would leave the top of the pack exposed to the weather. There are three sizeable stretch mesh pockets on the outside of the pack and a strap and buckle system towards to bottom of the pack which could be used to stow a tent or a bulky sleeping mat.
We also like the zipped hip fin pockets and the neat arrangement for stowing trekking poles while on the move.
The Kestrel is a good choice for backpacking which offers a significant weight saving over other 60+ litre packs, it achieves this by compromising slightly on the back system - but if your are thoughtful about how much you are carrying this won't be an issue.
- Reviewed by World Backpacker
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